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LÉVIS, October 11, 2013 — Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, met with high school students in Lévis to discuss the importance of staying safe online.

“Many of us can't picture our lives without the Internet, but it's not without significant dangers and risks, especially for youth. Cyber bullying, social media reputations, and online predators are all issues that I didn't have to contend with growing up. However, they are now critically important issues for young people to understand in order to protect themselves,” Minister Blaney told students. “This Cyber Security Awareness Month, I encourage young people, along with their parents and teachers, to do their part to maintain an open dialogue on how to stay safe online.”

Minister Blaney visited Le collège de Lévis to promote public awareness of cyber security through the Government of Canada's Get Cyber Safe campaign. The campaign was created to educate Canadians about Internet security and the simple steps individuals can take to protect themselves online. The campaign's goal is to bring together all levels of government, the public and private sectors, and the international community, to help Canadians be safer online.

Some of the advice provided at includes:

To help Canadians become more cyber secure, the Get Cyber Safe website also offers the following resources:

Helping Canadians to be safer online is one of the key pillars of Canada's Cyber Security Strategy. This Strategy represents the Government's policy – and its commitment – to keep Canadians safe in cyberspace, and to keep Canada safe, secure, and prosperous.

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For further information:
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada

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